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    Updated on 22 May 2020. Posted on 22 May 2020

    Just 19 Games To Try In Self-Isolation, So That You Don't Lose Your Mind

    I, for one, can't wait to play Monopoly for 16 hours straight.

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    1. Codenames, because sometimes a round of Mafia isn't enough to get you into the sneaky spirit.

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    Codenames is a word-association game with simple rules that are easy to follow. The game itself is complex and captivating, keeping you and your isolation buddies entertained for hours. It can get super competitive, so make sure you and your fellow players have a safe word for hurt feelings, or let your competitive natures run wild and free — I'm not the boss of you!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $28.99.

    2. The Jackbox Party Pack, because the joy of gaming shouldn't be confined to how many controllers you own.

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    If you haven't played any of the Jackbox games yet, you're honestly missing out. It takes all the fun and competitiveness of board games and puts them on the big screen. Plus, because your phone is your controller, you don't have to worry about needing enough for everyone to play.

    For a fun extra, you can play virtually with your friends using Kast or by live-streaming your screen on Skype or FaceTime and everyone can use their phones to play remotely.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $33.74.

    3. A two-pack of playing cards that have endless opportunities for hours of fun.

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    Whether your game is poker, blackjack, bullshit, snap, go fish or any other one of the variety of card games out there, Bicycle always makes playing cards that feel really good in your hands, are easy to shuffle and last for ages.

    Buy the set from Amazon Australia for $9.90.

    4. Jenga, because no home is complete without a set of these little blocks to get the party started.

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    Jenga is one of the most classic boardgames — though it's not technically played on a board — to ever exist. It can be a game of strategy, patience and balance, or you can tape "truth or dare" prompts to the bottom of the blocks for an extra level of fun.

    Buy it from Catch for $26.95.

    5. Guess Who, decidedly the most classic guessing board game to ever exist.

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    All it takes is a few "yes" or "no" answers to discover each character. It's super easy and loads of fun for everyone (especially when a little alcohol gets involved for the adults!). It's also a game you can play over isolation, so get one for you and your virtual buddy.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $25.

    6. Uno, so you can master the "Reverse", "Skip" and "Pick Up Four" combo and transform into the ultimate Uno master.

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    Uno has to be the only card game that is a total crowd pleaser, at all times. Break out this deck and you'll be everyone's new best friend — that is, until you hit them with the "Pick Up Four" card, of course. Just remember to say "Uno" when you've got a single card left!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $7.

    7. Boggle, which will allow you to stimulate your mind and give your eyes a break from staring at a screen all day.

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    I can't be the only person who obsessed over this game as a child. In my opinion, Boggle is way cooler and far more fun than Scrabble. At least for people who are super impatient, like myself. This fast-paced word game is perfect for getting everyone involved.

    Buy the rustic edition from Amazon Australia for $13.

    8. Hungry Hungry Hippos, because we all need to release a little pent-up energy and if that includes smashing a button to eat all the little balls, so be it.

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    Hungry Hungry Hippos was my favourite game as a child, because I could hit the game as hard and as fast as I could without anyone getting mad at me for destroying something. It's incredibly fun and easy to understand, but it does get scarily competitive, so keep your cool!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $25.

    9. Animal Crossing, because there's no way you're about to try butterfly catching in real life, so you may as well do it on your Switch.

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    Promising Review: "Animal Crossing is the wholesome, time-wasting distraction we all need RN. For those who don't know, it's kind of like a cross between Farmville and The Sims. It's reduced my overall anxiety by 9999%, it's super rewarding to play and you can even get social with it by visiting your friends' islands virtually and chatting. It makes the days go by so much quicker and I feel mentally better when I play."

    Sohan Judge.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $68.

    10. Azul, because games should be fun as well as aesthetically pleasing.

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    Promising Review: "This boardgame is just so beautiful. It's a really simple strategy game where you try and accumulate as many points as you can by filling in a board with colourful tiles. The tiles have some gorgeous patterns and are a really satisfying weight. Honestly, the whole game is just very aesthetically pleasing! You can even play it with just two people, which is great! It's also very calming and is quick to pick up, but hard to put down."

    Abigail Molloy

    Buy it from The Gamesmen for $64.95.

    11. The We Do Game that's designed to encourage less screen time.

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    If you're isolating with children, this is perfect for you. This card game includes 30 different activities that the whole family can get involved with. They're an opportunity for toddlers to get creative, use their imagination and increase their sensory skills — all while spending quality time with their family.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $39.95.

    12. Yahtzee, because sometimes all you need to have a good time are a few blocks of dice and a scorecard.

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    Yahtzee is one of those games you think you know how to play, but when it's brought out, you realise you have no idea what you're doing. The truth is, you can play Yahtzee one of two ways. You can either go ham on the dice rolling and hope for the best, or you can play strategically and to win. Either way, it's thoroughly enjoyable and will have the hours flying by.

    Buy the rustic edition from Amazon Australia for $19.99.

    13. Exploding Kittens, which is super interactive and entertaining, while also allowing you to flex your competitive side.

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    Exploding Kittens is so much more fun than it's given credit for. The rules and cards you play with are similar to Uno, however the stakes are higher and the payoff is so much more satisfying. You can die (lose the game) in an instant if you draw an 'exploding kitten', but there are ways around it — and the ability for you to sabotage your fellow players.

    Buy it from Catch for $34.95.

    14. A tarot deck, which is perfect for you to teach yourself how to read your destiny.

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    Similar to the ouija board, before tarot was used as a divination tool, it was a card game for people to create their own fun narratives. But they soon realised that the tales the cards were telling were scarily accurate to what they had experienced. There's no time like the present to learn how to give yourself and others the gift of a little spiritual guidance. This deck has gorgeous illustrations and a guidebook to help you out.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $39.91.

    15. Cooking Frenzy, because you and I both know how much you miss going out to eat and making meals for virtual customers is the next best thing, right?

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    Promising Review: "I absolutely love this game. It's the right amount of easy fun and time pressure that keeps me coming back for more. Even though it has in-app purchases, you can 100% enjoy the whole game without having to spend any actual cash. I've had the game for about two weeks and have already sunk severals hours into it. And you know what? I feel no shame. It's great fun, it's lighthearted and it's a welcome distraction."

    Abigail Molloy

    Get the game from the App Store or the Google Play Store.

    16. Trivial Pursuit, so that you can spend hours boasting about how great your general knowledge is.

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    Now that you can't pop to the pub for a fun game of trivia, it's time to break out this game — which in my opinion, is incredibly underrated. This version of the game features adult and kids cards, so that everyone can play using their appropriate levels of knowledge.

    Buy it on Catch for $59.95.

    17. Unstable Unicorns, which features some pretty badass unicorns that can destroy your friends' lives.

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    It's not often you find a card game that combines the cuteness of something like unicorns and the competitive levels of a game like Monopoly. One thing is for sure, this card game will definitely test your friendships.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $26.45.

    18. Monopoly, but the "ultimate banking" edition, which has higher stakes and more curveballs to keep the game interesting.

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    If classic Monopoly just isn't doing it for you anymore, this is the way to go. The game comes with a an electronic reader, bank cards with chips and variable rent depending on the situations around you— for example, if a celebrity moves in next door.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $49.

    19. And finally, Cards Against Humanity, which will force your fellow players to be brutally honest about how funny you aren't.

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    The first time I played Cards Against Humanity, I was confused about how it worked. But as soon as I figured it out, I was desperate to come up with the funniest combos for whoever's turn it was. Sometimes I'm spot on and at other times I am well off — although it's still a great time either way.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $37.

    You after being challenged to any of the above games by your self-iso buddies.

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